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The Lord's Prayer - Ask and Receive

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  The Lord's Prayer - Ask and Receive We have learned over the past several weeks that we should be respectful, have humble hearts, acknowledge God’s holiness, and believe He will answer us when we pray. In this last lesson on the Lord’s Prayer (Jesus’ example prayer for His disciples), we learned why and how to ask God for the things we desire. It’s okay to feel like we don’t know what to ask for through prayer because the Spirit will help us. And we don’t have to be afraid to ask God for the desires of our hearts because He will answer according to His own holiness and will. The important thing to remember is that God loves us and wants us to make requests because it shows Him that we know He can provide. So, when we pray, we can make requests with the full assurance that God not only is able, but He will answer our prayers! (Scriptures used: Luke 11:1-10, Romans 8:26-27) Memory Verse: “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; see

Christmas Special - The Gift of Christmas

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Christmas Special - The Gift of Christmas Today, we learned that Christmas is a time in which we should celebrate the birth of Jesus and worship Him. We also learned that God loves us very much and gave us the ultimate gift when He sent His only son, Jesus, into the world to die for our sins, so that those who believe may have eternal life. God gave His very best for us, and we should give our very best to God. We need to keep an eternal perspective and not bow down to the temporal pleasures that the world has to offer. (Scripture used: Matthew 2:1-12) Memory Verse: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 NIV Practice this verse several times with your child during the week. This will help him or her remember the verse and it will also help to reinforce what he or she learned during class. Suggested Parent/Child Activity: During the Christmas holiday, take time to help your c

The Lord's Prayer - Believe and Don't Doubt

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  The Lord's Prayer - Believe and Don't Doubt We have been learning how to pray like Jesus and follow the example prayer (The Lord's Prayer) He taught to the disciples. It's important to be respectful, pray for the right reasons, and recognize God's holiness. But how does belief affect our prayers? Today we learned the importance of believing that God answers our prayers and discussed some warnings the Bible gives us for unbelief. Truly believing God doesn't mean we give up when He doesn't answer our prayers the way we like - it means trusting that His plan is perfect. And because we know God is perfect and holy, our belief that He has the power to do anything shows Him that we love and trust Him. Scripture used: Luke 11:1-4, Mark 11:22-25, James 1:5-8 Memory Verse: "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 NIV Find the verse in a B

The Lord's Prayer - Honor God First

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  The Lord's Prayer - Honor God First Today we talked about the importance of honoring God through prayer and looked at a Psalm written by King David as an example of showing respect to God when we pray. We honor God by first approaching Him with humility and respect. Another way we honor God through prayer is by praising His qualities (such as holiness/perfect nature, power, wisdom, great love, etc.). And we can expect God to answer our prayers because He loves us and sent Jesus to die for our sins. Scripture used: Luke 11:1-2, Psalm 5:1-7 Memory Verse: "But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple.” Psalm 5:7 NIV Look up the verse in the Bible and read it out loud with your child. Then, while sitting at a table, say one or two words of the verse and then roll a ball to your child. Then he or she will say a few more words and roll the ball back to you. Continue the activity until t

The Lord’s Prayer – Teach Me to Pray

This Sunday Discovery Point:  Prayer is how we talk to God. Today we began our lessons on the Lord’s Prayer, and we learned what Jesus said about praying. While we may be used to certain types of prayers, we found out if those prayers actually line up with God’s word. Jesus taught us to be humble and sincere when we pray and not to focus on gaining the attention of others (like the hypocrites). Jesus gave us the example of recognizing God’s holiness, asking Him to provide for us, and seeking forgiveness from God and others. (Scripture used: Luke 11:1-4, Matthew 6:5-15) Memory Verse: “He said to them, ‘When you pray, say, ‘Father, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come.” Luke 11:2 NIV  Use the follow motions to practice memorizing the verse with your child: He said to them – Cup your hands around your mouth When you pray, say – Place your hands together in prayer Father, hallowed by your name – Point up to the sky with both hands Your kingdom come – Make a “come” motion

Special New Testament Places - Rome

This Sunday Discovery Point:  Today was our last lesson about Special Places in the New Testament. We learned about Rome and how a well-known Bible character, Paul, served God even while being persecuted by his own people. And even though Paul was accused by the Jews, he still desired to minister to them because he knew they needed to know about Jesus. Paul continued serving God even though he was imprisoned and faced death. We learn from Paul’s actions in Rome that even a place of persecution is a place where God wants to extend salvation to those who deny Him. (Scriptures used: Acts 19:21, 28:16-31, 2 Timothy 4:6-8 & 18) Memory Verse: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 NIV  Suggested Parent/Child Activity: Talk about some inventions, such as automobiles, television, cell phones, and the internet. Then discuss some Roman inventions such as water/sewer systems, paved roads, and calendars. Yet point out that

Special New Testament Places - Jerusalem

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Special New Testament Places - Jerusalem Today we continued our lessons about special places in the Bible by learning about a city called Jerusalem. Jerusalem was the center of many events, businesses, and religious celebrations. It was a special place because many important events in Jesus’ life occurred there too. Jesus’ triumphant entry, death, burial, and resurrection all happened in Jerusalem. Also, God fulfilled His promises of a risen Savior and the sending of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem. These events make Jerusalem a very special place because God displayed His glory and power through Jesus’ life. (Scriptures used: Luke 19:28, 36-38, John 19:16-18, 41-42, 20:11-17, Acts 1:12, 2:1-4) Memory Verse: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Luke 19:38 NIV   Read the verse to your child. Then print or type the words in big letters across a piece of cardstock paper. Next, cut out

Special New Testament Places - Cana of Galilee

Last Sunday Discovery Point:    Special New Testament Places - Cana of Galilee Today we learned about a special place called Cana of Galilee where Jesus did two special things for the very first time. His actions in Cana of Galilee played an important role as He began His ministry on earth. Cana of Galilee is a special place where Jesus performed His first miracle and healing. His power wasn’t showcased before great crowds and important public figures, but instead it was used in front of servants and those who believed in Him. Jesus’ status as the Son of God was physically shown in Cana of Galilee, and it was only the beginning revealing His power on earth. Scriptures used: John 2:1-11, 4:46-54 Memory Verse: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being,  sustaining all things by his powerful word.” Hebrews 1:3a NIV Read the verse with your child. Then take turns “cheering” the verse to praise and show thankfulness to God. Yo

Special New Testament Places - Bethlehem and Nazareth

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Special New Testament Places - Bethlehem and Nazareth Today's lesson was about two seemingly unimportant towns that God used to unfold His plan of salvation for mankind: Bethlehem and Nazareth. God was in control of the events that lead to Jesus' birth in Bethlehem and His upbringing in Nazareth. These special places established Jesus on earth as the Messiah. Because God used these places, we know that He wants to use our places too! God has put each of us in special places where we can serve Him, so we can trust that His plans have purpose. Scripture used: Luke 2:4-12, 4:14-21 Memory Verse: "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2 NIV Ask your child to sit across from you at a table. Say one or two words of the verse and then roll the ball to him or her. Then your child

Thanksgiving Series - Paul Was Thankful

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Thanksgiving Series - Paul Was Thankful This month we have learned that there are many ways to show thankfulness to God and others. Moses and Miriam sang songs of praise to show their thankfulness, while Hannah sacrificially gave her son over to God to serve in the temple. Today we learned how and why Paul was thankful to God and his friends, the Philippians. He gives the example that we can be thankful even when we face tough situations. Paul wrote a letter of thankfulness to the Philippians while he was in prison, and he showed thankfulness to God through prayer. We can always be thankful to God in spite of our circumstances because He is still in control! So, during times when we don't feel like there's anything to be thankful for, we can remember Paul's example and trust that God will continue taking care of us too. Scripture used: Philippians 1:1-21 Memory Verse: "I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers

Thanksgiving Series – Hannah was thankful

This Sunday Discovery Point:  Thanksgiving Series – Hannah was thankful Today we learned about a woman named Hannah and why she was thankful. Hannah is an example of showing thankfulness to God through tremendous sacrifice - she dedicated her only son to serve Him! That must have been very hard for her. However, Hannah was still thankful because she knew she would have remained childless without God’s intervention. She humbly understood that everything belonged to God, even her only child. And, because of her thankful sacrifice, God greatly used her son, Samuel, as a spiritual leader for His people. (Scriptures used: 1 Samuel 1:10-11, 20, 24-28, 2:1-2) Memory Verse: “There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides You; there is no Rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2 Write the verse on a piece of paper and read it to your child. Then take turns “cheering” one phrase at a time to praise and show thankfulness to God. Options for cheering include clapping, stompi

Thanksgiving Series – Moses and Miriam were thankful

This Sunday Discovery Point:  Thanksgiving Series – Moses and Miriam were thankful Today we began our Thanksgiving lessons by learning why Moses and Miriam were thankful to God and how we can follow their examples of thankfulness. Moses and Miriam showed thankfulness to God through songs, worship, and by playing musical instruments. And we can show our thankfulness in the same ways! Music is one of the most familiar ways we can express our thankfulness, and God is pleased when we sing and praise Him with thankful hearts. (Scriptures used: Exodus 15:1-21) Memory Verse: “The Lord is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” Exodus 15:2 Sing the verse to the first part of the music in the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is our God” to learn the verse with your child: The Lord is my- - strength and my defense He has become my sal- -vation He is my G-od and I will praise Him My fath

Special Old Testament Places - Babylon

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Special Old Testament Places -    Babylon Over the last several weeks we have learned how God used special places like Egypt and the Promised Land to fulfill promises to His people. Today we learned about a place called Babylon (a pagan, or unbelieving nation) and how God allowed some bad things to happen so the Israelites would turn from their evil ways and once again have a right relationship with Him. God brought judgment on the Israelites because they refused to obey His warnings for their sins. The Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar, enslaved the Israelites, destroyed their land, and was used by God to discipline His people. We learn from the Israelites’ disobedience that unrepentant sin always has consequences, especially as children of God. Scripture used: Jeremiah 25:1-14 Memory Verse: “Flee from Babylon! Run for your lives! Do not be destroyed because of her sins. It is time for the Lord’s vengeance; he will repay her what she deserves.”

Special Old Testament Places - The Promised Land

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Special Old Testament Places -   The Promised Land Last week we learned about a special place called Egypt and how God used Moses to rescue His people from slavery. Today we learned about another special place that God had promised to His people for many generations. This place was incredibly special because it would provide everything the Israelites would need to live for God and serve Him. God’s people received the Promised Land after forty challenging years in the desert. The Promised Land was rich in resources and gave the Israelites everything they needed. God used this special place to provide stability and prove His trustworthiness to His people. And, because God has always kept His promises, we can trust that His Word is true! Scriptures used: Joshua 1:1-6, 5:6, 18:5-7 Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.” Joshua 1:6 NIV Read the verse

Special Old Testament Places - Egypt

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Special Old Testament Places - Egypt Egypt is spoken of many times in the early books of the Old Testament. It was a pagan country, meaning its people believed in false gods. However, God used this special place to reveal His plans to Abraham, Jacob, and Moses. Today we learned how each of these men found themselves in Egypt and what God did in their lives through this special place. Abraham, Jacob, and Moses all had encounters in Egypt (some were good, some were bad). However, God used this special place to set His people on a very specific plan for the future. Even though Egypt was originally a place for shelter and food during hard times, God allowed the circumstances to take a turn for the worse, so He could continue setting events in motion to reveal His perfect plan for mankind: Salvation through Jesus Christ! Scripture used: Genesis 12:10-20, 47:11-13, 28-31, Exodus 3:7-12, 13:3 Memory Verse: "I rescued you from the hand of the Eg

Psalm 91 - God is a Refuge

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Psalm 91 – God is A Refuge Today we continued our discussion about God’s protection. Last week we learned that God is our Mighty Fortress, or shield, between us and evil. Psalm 91 also tells us that He is our refuge during times of trouble. We learned that God is very active in our lives and gives us promises when we choose to follow Him. The Lord promises to help us and even send His angels to guard us from harm. God is very interested in being a part of our lives and is ready to answer us when we are in need. Isn’t it awesome to know that the King of the Universe provides for us? He truly is our trustworthy Refuge. Scriptures used: Psalm 91:9-16 Memory Verse: “If you say, ‘The Lord is my Refuge,’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no harm will come to your tent.” Psalm 91:9-10 NIV To prepare, read the verse with your child and then write 3-5 words on a single piece of paper until both verses are written. T

Psalm 91 - God is A Mighty Fortress

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Psalm 91 – God is A Mighty Fortress Today we learned about God’s protection. We certainly need physical protection from things such as the weather, sickness, and even invading armies, but how is our need for physical protection related to our even greater need for spiritual protection? Today we learned that the Bible teaches us that drawing near to God will result in His perfect protection. God acts as a Mighty Fortress, or shield, between us and evil. And when we trust in God’s protection, we don’t have to fear what could happen to us. As children of God who have accepted His free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, we can be assured of His ability to protect us from harm. Scriptures used: Psalm 91:1-8 Memory Verse: “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 NIV  Read the verse with your child. Then write each word of the verse on an index card. Next, shuffle the words, face

I Wanna Be Just Like Jesus - A Living Sacrifice

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  I Wanna Be Just Like Jesus – A Living Sacrifice Today's lesson the children learned that to be just like Jesus, they must give their whole self to God and become a pleasing offering to Him. As Jesus sacrificed His life for our sins, so that we may have everlasting life, we must also become "Living Sacrifices", holy and pleasing to God. (Scripture used: Romans 12:1-21) Memory Verse: "Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV Suggested Parent/Child Activity: This week, find a program in your church or neighborhood where you and your child can pitch in to help others in need, even if only for a few hours. Perhaps serving food to the needy, washing dishes, collecting clothes, etc. When finished, discuss with your child the blessings that were f